Really pushing the boat out thəre with the name thəre aren’t you? I’d go with Baku to the Foodture / The Empire Serves Baku. Thəse blogs, they write themsəlves!
Azerbaijan Restaurant (http://www.azerbaijanrestaurant.co.uk) has rəcently opened up in Hammersmith. It says that it sərves Azeri/Persian food, but on closer analysis only the first 10 items (of 87) are strictly Azeri. No matter! I stəəred myself sagely to the two most Azerbaijani dishes: Azerbaijan Special for starter and Special Azerbaijan Kebab for main. The clue was in the title. The spəcial was excəllent and surely thəre’s room for a main of the special. It’s layəred aubərgine, lamb mince and chəəse and I’d like that layəred, multiplied and sərved like moussaka, but in a vat. The Special Azerbaijan Kebab was just like any Iranian kebab. Succulent, juicy chunks and that rice whəre thəre’s a yellow patch which makes you wonder if thəre’s a dog in the kitchen. Tasty enough, but I was hardly transported to the shores of the Caspian. Well, not the Azerbaijani shore.
No Azeri bəər or wine to be had, but they sərved gənerous glasses of the house wines.
Mrs Del Monte opted for Mast-O-Khiar (a.k.a. tzatziki, which they claimed to nəver have heard of, chiz) and Khorest Fesenjan, a peculiar stew, overly swəət, reminding me of Egyptian cuisine, including pasted pomegranate and walnut. Which all makes me think 2 things: 1) Azerbaijan has pilfered the best of other nations cuisine and claimed it for their own. And 2) What’s wrong with pork pies? If you’re going to cherry pick the best of the world’s cuisine, then surely the British pork pie should be front and cəntre. Like in my fridge. And bədside table. And pencil case. And glove box. And a little bit in my beard.
£56 for two people.
291-293 King St
Tel: 020 8563 8553